Posted by Chris Maunder
Monday, March 13, 2000 6:00pm
A fix is finally in the works for what MS considers a non-serious problem.
Microsoft has admitted that it has known for months about a problem in Windows 95 and 98 that causes system crashes, but decided the problem wasn't serious enough to warrant a fix.
The problem arises when a URL which contains embedded DOS commands for accessing the keyboard, printer and other devices is opened. If this URL is opened from a web page or HTML-based email message then the system may crash. Thus, unsuspecting users can have their system brought down by a malicious email.
While Microsoft has previously only considered the issue an "inconvenience" and not a security issue, a fix is now being developed.
See the full story at http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2458885,00.html?chkpt=hud0004200.